The Youth in Transition Program at Headwaters partners with school staff, case managers, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist youth in transition to develop work and life skills, with the ultimate goal of improving post school outcomes.
There is specific focus on skill development that will improve a student's ability to obtain and maintain a job in the community, or to pursue post secondary education goals. This includes skill development in the areas of employability and soft skills, self-advocacy and decision making, and life skills.
Services also include in-depth assessment and discovery to determine possible career paths based on the students’ strengths and preferences. This may include job shadowing and work experiences, and internships to support students in exploring their career interests.
Through Headwaters' Transition Services, students will also participate in regular community experiences to help identify community settings for community-based activities that align with the students' interests.
Headwaters partners with the WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Howard Young Medical Center, Lakeland Union High School, and other area high schools on a Project SEARCH site located at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, WI. Project SEARCH is a business led collaboration that enables young adults with disabilities to gain and maintain employment through training and career exploration. A 9-12 month program, Project SEARCH provides total immersion in a large community business. Students with disabilities are offered a workforce alternative for their last year of high school.
All participants must be eligible for services with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). At some sites, young adults who have completed high school may be eligible to participate in Project SEARCH. In addition, Headwaters is a partner in the Jump!Start Program, along with Nicolet College and local school districts, to develop and provide transitional post-secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. These opportunities include classes at Nicolet College or at other community locations.